In an interview on the occasion of the completion of two years since his enthronement, the Archbishop looked back on the first months during which he traveled all over Australia to get to know the Greek Orthodox flock better and to listen to its needs and concerns.
He also spoke about the work of the Holy Archdiocese and its personal vision, making special reference to the forthcoming establishment of two detox centres, in response of the local Church to the modern problems of the youth as reported by vema.com.au.
The Archbishop mentioned the charity that inspires the Greek Diaspora of Australia, and the valuable help for the promotion of the work of the Holy Archdiocese.
“We praise God that we have good people who have charitable feelings, to help our neighbor, to help the work of the Church, to share its vision and to move forward together,” he noted.
“Everything that is happening at the moment in the Archdiocese of Australia is being done by everyone and for everyone,” he added.
Asked about the most moving moment during his two-year ministry in Australia, he referred without a second thought to the return of schismatic communities to the canonical Church.
In fact, he could not hide his emotion when he described the “Pentecostal moments” that the members of these communities live as they get rid of the rivalry and divisions that afflicted them for many decades.
Finally, when asked about his memories from Greece, he referred with great love to his family and especially to his parents who live in Crete, as well as to the brotherhood of the historic Monastery of Saint Georgios Epanosifis in Heraklion.